Favorite Quotes

"All of man's works intrude upon nature - It is man's obligation to intrude harmoniously."

Alden B. Dow, c. 1958

What Green Building Certifications are you interested in?

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

West Michgan Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council

Today along with our friend at West Michigan Hybrid Homes we joined the West Michigan Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a community of more than 6,900 organizations from every sector of the building industry united by a common purpose: to transform the building marketplace to sustainability. USGBC's more than 80 regional chapters serve as the front door of the Council, providing green building resources, education, and leadership opportunities in their communities. We are excited about joining this organization to help future our knowledge on sustainable building and design.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Alliance for Environmental Sustainability

Today along with our friends at West Michigan Hybrid Homes, we became a business member of the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was founded in 2000 as a vehicle to bring the residential construction industry into the 21st-century. The goal of the founders was to provide training to builders and homebuyers for environmentally friendly, healthy and energy efficient building practices and products.
AES was recently selected to participate in the LEED for Homes pilot program as a provider for the Midwest. Only twelve reginal providers were chosen across the United State. The pilot program is the beta version of the final LEED for Homes program. We are exciteted to have signed up for the LEED for Homes training seminar in January. Thru this training seminar we have the opportunity to help shape the pilot program into the fully chartered version expected to be adopted next July.
Our plans are to get the Kelsey Woods Spec house in Ionia as a certified Leed for Homes project. Making it one of just a handful of homes in the State of Michigan with those certifications.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association

Yesterday Image Design became a business member of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association. We traveled with Adam Bearup of West Mighigan Hyrid Homes to there annual membership meeting in Ann Arbor at Leopold Brothers Brewery an organic brewery. The Renewable Energy Association (GLREA) is a non-profit organization that educates, advocates, promotes, and publicly demonstrates renewable energy technologies. We are proud to be member of this association along with our friends at West Michigan Hybrid Homes and Bauer Power. Please if you get a chance check out their web-site.